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Classic show from Shotgun

Shotgun Paddy stepped up from novice company to a valuable handicap when denying Carruthers in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.

Carruthers made a brave attempt to make all the running but Shotgun Paddy (9/1) was never too far off the pace and put his nose in front at the second-last fence.

Leighton Aspell pushed out Emma Lavelle's seven-year-old to take this valuable prize by six lengths from Carruthers (28/1). Royale Knight was third, a similar distance away.

Aspell, who had won the previous race on Deputy Dan, told Channel 4 Racing: "He was very game. He gave me a lovely sight at every fence.

"From three out to the bend I didn't think I'd get past the leader, but when we got level he pricked his ears so I knew he had a little bit in reserve."

Lavelle's assistant Barry Fenton said: "He's been very quick over his fences. That's the one thing about him - he's low and quick.

"My only worry beforehand was it was handicap company."

Carruthers' trainer Mark Bradstock said: "It's just great to see him (as) an 11-year-old still being very competitive in these top races. He doesn't lack any enthusiasm, he jumps for fun and puts them all to the sword."